Electric G-Class for 2024: the future of luxury SUVs.
Mercedes EQG (Electric G-Wagon): Everything we know
The Mercedes EQG, also known as the Mercedes Concept EQG, is an electric SUV that has been eagerly anticipated since October 2020, when Mercedes-Benz Group announced plans to develop an electric off-roader. Scheduled to debut in 2024, the EQG is a modified version of the popular Mercedes G-Class and boasts an entirely new powertrain. It will feature a motor at each wheel for exceptional power and control, and will be capable of performing a "G-Turn," which is essentially a tank turn.
In terms of design, the EQG boasts a sleek two-tone color scheme of gloss black on top and gloss aluminum on the bottom, as well as a black panel radiator grille with an illuminated star and an animated squircle pattern. It also has an all-around illuminated band on the edges, 22-inch EV-style wheels, and an EV wallbox charger-inspired lockable box in place of the spare tire cover. The flat roof rack includes a white LED strip at the front for a searchlight and a red LED strip at the rear.
Despite its extensive modifications, the EQG's design is expected to be similar to that of the regular G-Class, as customers tend to prefer subtle changes that build on the original character rather than a low-slung, aerodynamic car. The EQG is expected to cost over $140,000 in the United States. Overall, the Mercedes EQG is a stylish and innovative electric SUV that is sure to turn heads when it hits the market in 2024.
The interior of the Mercedes EQG, also known as the Mercedes Concept EQG, is largely similar to that of the regular G-Class, with a few key differences. The overall design and layout remain the same, but the cabin has a fresh, clean look due to its bright white color scheme. The white interior helps to create a peaceful atmosphere that complements the silent operation of the electric powertrain.
One notable difference in the EQG's interior is the new steering wheel, which does not look significantly different from the regular G-Class. The center console trim is also unique to the EQG concept. The instrument cluster and central display feature exclusive graphics, with the instrument cluster displaying EV-specific information and the central display displaying the Mercedes-EQ branding and a three-dimensional star pattern. The iconic three differential lock switches in the center console are present in the EQG, but they do not have a differential lock icon and are only for show purposes.
The Mercedes EQG was first announced by Mercedes-Benz Group CEO Ola Källenius at the Automobilewoche Kongress on November 8, 2019. This was the first time that the company revealed plans for a fully electric version of its off-roader, and since then, anticipation for the electric G-Class has been growing. The EQG is expected to debut in 2024 and will likely be a highly sought-after vehicle for those looking for a stylish and innovative electric SUV.
The Mercedes EQG, also known as the Mercedes Concept EQG, is being developed as a conversion of the existing internal combustion engine (ICE) Mercedes G-Class in order to keep costs and production time down while still preserving the capabilities of the iconic off-roader. This means that it will not have features like a front trunk (frunk) or a flat floor that are commonly found in electric vehicles (EVs) designed from the ground up as EVs. However, it will still be a formidable electric SUV.
According to Autocar, which had the opportunity to ride in early prototypes of the EQG in November 2022, the electric variant of the G-Class has "two skateboards with the same hat on top." It will feature a body that is connected to the ladder frame at eight points, similar to the ICE model. It will also be lighter than the ICE version, weighing in at less than 3,500 kg (7,716 lbs.).
The EQG will be powered by four individual motors, with one mounted at each wheel. These motors will be conventional motors, not in-wheel motors. The motors will send power to their respective wheels via a two-speed gearbox with a low-range gear ratio. The driver will have the option to choose from seven different drive modes, including four specifically for off-road use: Eco, Comfort, Sport, Trail, Rock, Sand, and Creeper. It will also be possible to route all power to a single wheel, which could be useful in challenging off-road situations.
The EQG will feature a battery pack with an energy storage capacity of around 100 kWh, according to Mercedes-Benz Group CEO Dr. Emmerich Schiller. This will be a new type of battery pack with an exceptionally high energy density that will require cells with a high silicon content. On May 17, 2022, Mercedes-Benz and California-based Sila Nanotechnologies announced that the EQG's battery will use Sila's silicon anode chemistry, which increases energy density without compromising safety or performance. This technology is expected to provide a 20-40% increase in energy density, reaching more than 800 Wh/l at the cell level. This would make it the most energy-dense battery in a vehicle.
The high-silicon anode material will be manufactured using 100% clean energy at Sila's Washington state facility, and Mercedes-Benz is the factory's first publicly announced customer. The two companies are targeting a mid-decade timeline for the introduction of this new battery technology in the EQG. The increased energy density of the battery will allow Mercedes-Benz to meet range requirements without the need for a large battery pack, as more energy can be stored in the same space. It is expected that the EQG will be able to travel over 300 miles (483 km) on a single charge. It will also have three stages of regenerative braking – D+, D, and D-. Overall, the Mercedes EQG is shaping up to be a formidable electric SUV with impressive power and range capabilities.
The Mercedes EQG, also known as the Mercedes Concept EQG, is being developed as a conversion of the existing internal combustion engine (ICE) Mercedes G-Class in order to keep costs and production time down while still preserving the capabilities of the iconic off-roader. This means that it will not have features like a front trunk (frunk) or a flat floor that are commonly found in electric vehicles (EVs) designed from the ground up as EVs. However, it will still be a formidable electric SUV with impressive off-road capabilities.
Mercedes-Benz Group has promised "enormous pulling power and controllability" for the production model of the EQG. It will have a climbing capacity of up to 100% on suitable terrain, similar to the G-Class. To ensure that the EQG can handle tough off-road conditions, the company will test it on the 1,445-meter-high Schöckl mountain in Graz towards the end of its development.
Instead of steel, Mercedes-Benz G has used a new outer material for the battery casing of the EQG in order to provide extra safety in case of any impacts during off-roading. According to Autocar, the battery casing is a combination of steel and carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer compound.
Mercedes-Benz Group CEO Ola Källenius was so impressed by the EQG prototype that he proposed that every off-road-focused Mercedes-Benz model going forward should be an EV. He promised that the electric G-Class will have "phenomenal performance on and off the road."
Like the G-Class, the EQG will have a double-wishbone suspension at the front and a rigid axle suspension at the rear. It will also feature a new electronic system that allows the driver to replicate the effect of the G-Class' three differential locks. Mercedes-Benz G wants to ensure that the EQG is just as capable as the G-Class both on and off the road. In fact, the EQG has a smaller turning circle than the G-Class.
Mercedes-Benz Group has filed trademark applications for the names EQG 560 and EQG 580 at the EU trademark office, as well as at the Australian, Canadian, and American trademark offices, suggesting that these could be used for the upcoming electric Mercedes G-Class, known as the Mercedes EQG. The company had previously registered the EQG name at the EU trademark office in 2016, and now owns the trademark. It is possible that an AMG high-performance variant of the EQG, known as the Mercedes-AMG EQG, could also be in the works, although this has not been confirmed by the company.
Mercedes-Benz Group has announced that it will be releasing the electric version of its popular G-Class, known as the Mercedes EQG, in mid to late 2024. The company has been taking the EQG concept model around the world to show it to dealers, potential customers, and fans, and has also created a special webpage for the concept on its global website. While the company has not yet released any information about the production version of the EQG, it has encouraged interested parties to stay tuned for updates.